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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Fairbanks, AK
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

It was part of an Evergreen package deal where we were taken from Fairbanks to Denali on this wonderful train. The service, views and the experience was fantastic. I would recommend anyone thinking of trying it to go for it!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Susan R
Reviewed October 8, 2018

The McKinley Explorer luxury domed rail cars are owned by either Holland America or Princess Cruise Lines. Our Holland America Yukon/Alaska land tour included travel from Denali National Park to Anchorage. This was one of the highlights of our 19 day vacation. My hubby and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

We boarded the McKinley Express in Fairbanks and rode it for several hours to Anchorage. The entire experience was a wonderful way to see the countryside, but the most fun I had was eating breakfast in the dining car! There is ample opportunity for taking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ann M
Reviewed September 16, 2018

A wonderful experience and SO comfortable. We'd already been on the Rocky Mountaineer and had been warned the McKinley Explorer would not be as good - but it surely was. Seats were very comfortable, service and menu options excellent. Loved being able to gave a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chris43bh3
Reviewed September 8, 2018

When I first heard that we would be on this train for eight hours, I was a bit scared. What would we do? I had nothing to worry about, this train ride was a magnificent experience. We boarded in Denali, and we paid for the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Utenochek
Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

We took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali and it was a relaxing and fun adventure. The bar tender and the guide were great and the food in the dining car just fine. Make sure, if you can, to go to the back of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jer b
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

From 0900 to 1700, Denali to Anchorage Over 300 miles Single track with sidings for passing trains Domed railcards with dining on the base level Wide variety of food and drinks Full bar Live narration throughout Gift shop onboard Open air platform for sightseeing unhindered...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank rachwilko
Reviewed August 30, 2018

We rode the train from Anchorage to Denali. What a fun trip! The glass dome makes the experience even better. Tour guide was so full of interesting information on everything Alaska, the towns, the people and more. There is a bartender on the car, so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gabriela B
Reviewed August 29, 2018

This was a way to see the vast size of the area, as well as the beauty, the car was comfortable and clean and they served drinks and snacks! going to the caboose to take some photo's should be on your list to do.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Terre S
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We rode the train from Talkeetna to Denali. The view was great due to the picture windows which were just like those on the Rocky Mountaineer. Our female attendant/ guide worked hard to take orders and serve as well as providing commentary as we traveled....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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August 19, 2017|
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Response from 352bobs | Reviewed this property |
Yes - single or they have packages - go to there web site for information!
July 31, 2017|
Response from 352bobs | Reviewed this property |
Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
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July 31, 2017|
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Response from Tim L | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you give them a call as one is open for public travel three times a week as I understand, and the other is owned by Holland America Cruiselines and I do not know their booking procedures. I believe information can... More